In 2010, 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor blew the collective minds of beer drinkers by putting its British Pale Ale and Ballz Deep Double IPA in the same 16-ounce tallboy pop-top aluminum cans usually associated with shotgunning and brown paper bags. While craft beer—good beer—in a can might cause some cognitive dissonance among drinkers, the can revolution has long been fomenting at a few breweries across the country. Aluminum cans fend off skunkifying oxygen and sunlight better than glass, are easier to recycle, and require less energy to produce and ship. A sophisticated interior coating fends off that unfortunate metallic tang that makes many drinkers fear the can. The Burgundian Tavern, the Wallingford sibling to Brouwer’s Cafe that packs a ton of beer cred, doesn’t sell a single bottled beer, balancing out its taps with a list of 70 canned beers.
In Seattle, Hilliard’s Brewing eschews bottles in favor of slickly designed aluminum. Two Beers also cans some of its beers, and even partnered with Churchkey Brewing Co. to produce a pilsner in an old-school flat-top steel can, the kind you have to puncture with a bottle opener to drink. Fremont Brewing plans to release cans in July, and Big Al will follow suit later this year.